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Rowing up the Thames

Posted By Guru4Travel on Jul 08, 2011 at 7:57PM

UHOTW contributors Russ and Claire are rowing up the Thames with Steve in a vintage skiff this week, on their way to the Thames Traditional Boat Rally at Henley on the 16/17 July. This annual celebration of all things wooden on the Thames has been a pilgrimage for Russ and I who are regular attendees, celebrated in the July edition of Classic Boat magazine with a nice photo.

Skiffs were popular in the 19th Century, made famous by Jerome K. Jeromes novel, 3 Men in a Boat, a copy of which is always at hand. Candlelit evenings on the river are often ended with a reading of favourite passages.

The crew (generally of 3, plus traditionally - a dog) sleep on board and frequent the many hostelleries of the Thames for sustenance. Of course it's not all hard work, and we get to see some of the greatest scenery and most amazing properties from our little boat. Never a dull moment - and a chance to catch up of witty banter, tall stories and plans for future UHOTW trips.

The skiff, restored by Mark Edwards of Richmond is "Happy Go Lucky" - originally built at Timms yard in Staines. Sadly, other commitments make trips out for Russ, his brother Bob and Steve a rare occurrence and this year looks to be the last TTBR for a while. However, if you see Russ, Steve and Claire please give them a wave. If the weather is fine, we recommend the TTBR rally as a day or weekend visitor. Not only boats, but all things vintage on the riverbank.

For more information on TTBR, click here

I hope to see you there.


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